Friday, April 30, 2010

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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The file of the day is Teen Boy Pack (12 movements) by...

Posted: 30 Apr 2010 04:00 PM PDT


The file of the day is Teen Boy Pack (12 movements) by Kontramax.

"Set of 12 silhouettes movements, fine vectorized and separated by elements."

Freebie Friday: WebGround: Gallery Of Free Background...

Posted: 30 Apr 2010 04:00 AM PDT

Freebie Friday: WebGround: Gallery Of Free Background Textures

"If you are looking for background textures you can add to your websites, then you should check out WebGround. This simple online resource offers a gallery for different background textures which anyone can use for free in almost all types of websites."

Quick Tip: First Look at Adobe Media Encoder CS5 “Let’s...

Posted: 29 Apr 2010 10:00 PM PDT

Quick Tip: First Look at Adobe Media Encoder CS5

"Let's take a look at Adobe's new Media Encoder which comes bundled with Flash CS5. A couple of interesting changes have been made to it and you really should be aware of them, so let's get started."

Latest From : CleanTechnica

Latest From : CleanTechnica

Poisoned Water : Tobacco Good, Biofules Bad

Posted: 30 Apr 2010 01:52 AM PDT

A few years ago the whisper went around about cyanobacteria, saying that is was the next great biofuel.  Huge lakes of the stuff would be grown, harvested and then magically transformed into fuel to make our cars go broom-broom.

So various highly scientific people rolled up their sleeves and got to work fiddling around with the little critters.  Before too long they’d worked out that the whisper was right.  The US Department of Energy chucked wads of cash at the researchers and we now have petri dishes of gloop which secrete the all important biofuel through their skin like some kind of … oozy fuelly thing.  Yum yum.

However there is a problem with cyanobacteria or, to use its devil-spawn name, blue-green algae.  Many of its forms are toxic, producing fatal poisons which stick around in the water long after the algae itself has been removed.  The hows and whys of this aren’t fully understood, but thankfully it doesn’t seem to occur in the green scummy stuff in your pool in the back yard.

This is where the tobacco comes in.


Shrinky Dinks Sparks Another Giant Nanostep Forward for Low Cost Solar Power

Posted: 29 Apr 2010 08:18 PM PDT

Shrink Solar LLC is marketing a solar film that can enhance conventional solar panels The nanotech company Shrink Nanotechnologies, Inc. has just announced that it has formed a subsidiary, Shrink Solar LLC, in order to market a solar film that could be used to retrofit windows and other elements of existing buildings to function as mini solar power stations.  The technology can also be applied to conventional silicon crystal solar panels to boost efficiency.

Instead of relying on mirrors or other conventional concentrating solar technology, Shrink Solar uses nanocrystals to soak up parts of the light spectrum that conventional silicon crystal solar panels don’t absorb.  And just imagine, we have that classic children’s toy from the Disco era,  Shrinky Dinks, to thank for  this…


India to Launch Climate Adaptation Fund for South Asia, Seeks to Increase Strategic Dominance

Posted: 29 Apr 2010 11:23 AM PDT

India has announced to set up a fund to assist South Asian countries to adapt to the challenges of the changing climate. The 16th South Asian Association on Regional Cooperation (SAARC) held at Thimphu, Bhutan had the theme ‘Towards a Green and Happy South Asia’. Heads of governments of eight South Asian countries took part in this summit which focused on environmental issues.

SAARC was established on December 8, 1985 by Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan. Sri Lanka, Nepal and Maldives; Afghanistan was later added as a member. In terms of population it is the largest regional cooperation forum in the world with a combined population of about 1.5 billion. In addition these eight members, there are nine observers to the forum including China, the European Union and the United States.

India is the dominant member of the forum and it demonstrated its dominance by leading from the front on the issue of climate change. The Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh projected the adaptation fund as a ‘gift’ to the member nations as he announced the ‘India Endowment for Climate Change in South Asia’. He also proposed to set up regional climate innovation centres in South Asia in order to stimulate research and development in clean and sustainable energy technologies which the members nations can have easy access to. (more…)

Oil Disaster Could Clean Up Climate Bill

Posted: 29 Apr 2010 09:38 AM PDT

Today, a Republican Senator joined with Democrats representing coastal states threatened by the massive oil spill in voicing continued alarms over including off-shore drilling in a climate and energy bill. As new reports reveal that the oil spill is now five times worse than estimated: “We need to move heaven and earth to stop this from becoming an environmental disaster.” said Florida’s Republican Senator, George LeMieux.

“The continued failure to stop the leak threatens to wreak untold damage on Florida’s coastlines” says Republican Senator LeMieux – albeit along with his diatribes against “government spending” – on his YouTube web page.

“The federal government needs to make this their immediate, number one priority.”

There is an economic cost of failure to keep the Everglades safe. The huge oil spill could prove to be a tipping point; switching a Republican vote from dirty energy to clean energy. (more…)